PROAVA, an entity dedicated to promoting healthy and balanced nutrition among the population, stimulating the consumption of quality agri-food products of the Valencian Community, and the Committee for Ecological Agriculture of the Valencian Community (CAECV), dedicated to the control, certification, representation, defense, research and promotion of organic products, have launched the I Contest of Organic Wines of the Valencian Community.
Both entities have considered that it is essential that organic wines and all the producing wineries have their recognition through a contest that brings together the more than 140 wineries certified by the CAECV. In recent years, the increase in the area of certified vineyards has not stopped growing, until it has become the crop with the largest ecological area in the entire Valencian Community, with more than 13,200 hectares, mainly in areas such as Utiel – Requena and Vinalopó Mitjà .
The contest, free of charge, and which has the official recognition of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition, seeks to promote, recognize the quality of organic wines and disseminate the ecological character in matters winemaking towards society in general. For the president of CAECV, José Antonio Rico, “we are taking one more step to position and promote a key sector in organic farming such as wine. Competitions of this type will make visible the excellent wines that our organic operators are capable of producing, without neglecting the use of practices that are totally respectful of the environment ”.
The I Contest of Ecological Wines of the Valencian Community will have a biennial character, alternating with the contest of monovarietals. For its part, the tasting panel will be made up of renowned experts from the wine sector and the awards will be delivered in December.
In order to participate, wineries must present three bottles of each brand of wine and the tasting panel, whose director will be José Vicente Guillem, will establish the categories according to the number of samples presented, in order to obtain maximum representation within the sector.
With the launch of this new competition, PROAVA becomes the entity with the most authority in the organization and awarding of awards in the sector because it calls for still wines, cavas and sparkling wines, monovarietals and, now, of wines made from ecological practices.
For its president, Félix Cuartero, “the celebration of these competitions supposes a greater knowledge of the wines by the society, at the same time that they suppose an element of promotion”. Cuartero explained that PROAVA holds contests for still wines, cavas and sparkling wines, varietals and muscatel, “so it made no sense to leave out organic wines given the considerable increase in organic vineyards and wineries ”.